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Comment Re:Do Whatever You Can Afford (Score 1) 765

>If you're not being mistreated, then don't be a jerk.

I don't even think you have to be a jerk. I worked at company that's software product was devved and QA'd by Indian and Pakistani relatives. There was token non-Indians like me (We were also the most customer facing), and the nepotism was so rampant that the rest of us had to carry most of the work. The relatives were completely useless, completely clueless.

My boss called me a "Stupid baby" in front of the HR lady. We had gotten into it months earlier, I took a picture of a funny note I had left in the kitchen over some stolen pizza on facebook. He said, "People know you work for us, they're gonna think we have theives here" I had kept detailed documentation of all my work and just sat there calmly as he read me the riot act. It made him even more pissed off that I sat there with a smug look on my face presenting my side to HR. Even things like really nice letters from the customers, and my complete Jira history.

Thing was, I already had a job offer... The next morning I calmly walked in before he came in and sat down with the HR lady. I handed in my laptop, a printed sheet of passwords and told her I was done after the previous days meeting. What else could I say?

It made me pretty legendary status how cool I just left the situation. Just skated on out of there with a smile on my face. My job was going to get better, and this H1-B relative of another H1-B was still going to be working for his cousin.

Comment Re:The technical problems with this are immense. (Score 4, Interesting) 346

To every upvoted point, there has to be a counterpoint.

Sure jet fuel has a higher energy density, but that isn't the end all to the problem. You also have energy efficiency, which to my knowledge is pretty terrible on jet or turbo prop engines. I've been flying LiPo/Brushless RC aircraft for a while now, and in the right conditions your power efficiency comes right on par there with gas (minus any of the issues with ICE engines) In even better conditions, an electric plane can "recharge" batteries on descent.

There's a brand of starter electric planes called "Parkzone" One model (F-27 Stryker Brushed) was a particular favorite of mine. I went to a Gforce Lan event at Fort Mason, and on a lull between matches I flew it out in the heavy winds of the big green lawn. I kept that thing up there for 3 hours on a NiCd battery (usually only went for 15 minutes) I just sort of hovered it, more like "sailed" it and the motor just kept recharging the battery.

You can't really put jet fuel back in the tank like that. All sorts of crazy tricks you can do with electric though.

Comment I live in San Jose if anyone wants some opinion (Score 2, Interesting) 258

I grew up here, I can explain why the city council is seeking this.

A few years back the city implemented huge cuts to it's police department in salary and benefits. Before the cuts, we had 1400 officers (not bad for a city of a million people) After the cuts our police has dropped as low as 700 officers.

With a reduction in the number of officers we have, bay area criminals have taken it as a "Vacancy" sign to do business here. Every type of crime has shot up. Violent crimes, we're a magnet for package theft, prostitution runs rampant, with one spot having as many as 50 girls walking one particular street corner, and car theft.

San Jose just voted to restore some of the pay last week, but it still won't be anywhere near 2010 levels. Cops continue to leave.

So now San Jose is in a situation of having to make due with what they have. Cops won't even consider this place for a job any more. Since they can't get another 700 officers to replace the ones lost, they're leveraging technology to fill the gap. Myself, and many other residents welcome any effort to clean up the streets.

Comment Could someone ELI5 how Macbooks retain value? (Score 2) 435

There was a time I understood this during the PPC era of mac, but now that macs run on commodity, non specialized CISC based x86, I have no idea why they retain their value. A lot of PC makers are starting to make machines that look *almost* as nice as a MBP. My HP Envy Beats laptops have a nice aluminum case.

Comment Flash, Flex won't die... (Score 1) 283

I worked for http://www.boardvantage.com/ this company for a spell. It was a shit company, and a really shit product. Somehow the CTO has convinced Board rooms around the world that the flex client is the most secure thing ever, and every time some flash vulnerability was announced, he could always dance his way around it.

Point being that as long as those in positions of power can be convinced it's a needed evil, it will be a used evil.

Comment Games (Doom) helped me into an IT career (Score 3, Informative) 170

So it was 1993. My friends and I all loved video games, consoles, etc. In '92 we had all gotten hooked on Wolfenstien, and most of us already had computers cobbled together from things begged, borrowed and stolen. We spent days tweaking our config.sys and autoexec.bats to get the most of what little ram we had. (himem.sys, load TSR high) Then Doom came out.

We started doing dial up games almost immediately. Then one day one of our friends tells us about LANNING a game. We all bought into it, getting 3c509c's? Ahh those days, magelink for transferring maps, loading ipxodi, lots of fun. "WHO UNPLUGGED THE TERMINATOR?"

From there a lot of us went to tech support for the then blossoming ISP industry, and from that we went on to desktop support, and bigger and greater things. I owe my career to video games.

Comment It is worth it. (Score 1) 267

They might not be programming languages per se, but I've spent a lot of time with autohotkey, NSIS, apple applescript and the like. The one thing all of these have in common is quick, clean looking applications with a narrow degree of focus; automation and deployment.

I've done some pretty nice tricks with them, mostly from a IT side of things. I've done a few applications with autohotkey. One startup I worked at couldn't really customize their helpdesk system, but wanted more info from tickets. I made a nice little app that took it from editing a txt file, to a few tabs of checkboxes, radio buttons, etc that would copy the answers to the clipboard.

Automator has helped me tons, especially when creating apple accounts. I started with a script I found, and I've been customizing it for our own needs within the company. We have a few services that only have a web interface to administrate them. Using the appleIDautomator script as a base, I've been able to tweak it to set these up as well.

Finally did an active directory rollout a few weeks back and needed to bundle meraki, bit9, and forsit's profile migrator. Bundled all 3 setups in NSIS. I've done even better installers than that with NSIS. I took a 7 server JBOSS application, bundled mysql, apache, etc and made an installer that even did CRC checks on the files post install. Meh, it did all kinds of crazy stuff, changed the machine name, added entries to the hosts file. It cut the install time down from 40 hours to 4.

Comment Re:seems like a back door (Score 1) 566

I currently work for a company wrought with H1-B abuse. Scam goes like this.

Passover a bunch of US resumes/candidates.
Recruit someone from India
Promise them a $100k+ salary.

2 months later.
"Sorry, but you're not as good as what you're getting paid, how about you take a pay cut or quit?"

At this point the H1-B has "If I quit, I have to pack up in 30 days and go home" running through their head, so they accept.

The sad thing is, they expect US workers to be just as complacent as their H1-B counterparts. I won't, I've had to fight hard the last year just to not get screwed over. I've had enough, I'm so tired of it, that I'm going to file a WH-4 with the department of labor on my employer. Someone needs to tell them this is not OK.

The actual H1-B workers, they're hardworking, good people, but the system has been setup to screw them. This needs to change.

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